I am working my way through the entire Christian Bible Old Testament for the first time (complete) and how I wish I had total recall!
I wish I could list chapter and verse all the times the covenant between God and the Israelites is reviewed, re-stated and reinforced!
The main covenant goes something like this, and is repeated many times throughout the Old Testament from Genesis through 2Kings, where I left off a couple days ago.
– If the Israelites walk in the ways of God, they will be blessed with good fortune.
– If the Israelites abandon their walk with God, then they will bring curses upon themselves.
Okay, that was the deal with the Israelites. But what about the rest of us? Are non-Jews left out?
I pondered over this question for a while, and then I remembered the Apostle Peter’s vision found in the New Testament book of Acts, Chapter 10. None of us are off the hook! The covenant holds true today just as it did in 900 B.C.
If we walk in the ways of the Lord, then the blessings are self-evident. We are treated to profound security in the arms of our Father in Heaven. We are free to experience His love, joy and the peace that passes all human understanding.
But, if we abandon our walk with God, we will condemn ourselves to an existence de-void of the security offered by God. Our self-exclusion is our penance.
Which will you choose? Have faith.